An anti-Muslim group failed Monday to secure a Supreme Court audience for its free-speech case, triggering complaints from two conservative justices.

"I see no sound reason to shy away from this First Amendment case," Justice Clarence Thomas wrote, joined by Justice Samuel Alito. "It raises an important constitutional question on which there is an acknowledged and well-developed division among the Courts of Appeals. One of this court's most basic functions is to resolve this kind of question."

In the case at hand, the American Freedom Defense Initiative sought to run advertising in King County, Wash., that displayed the names and headshots of 16 purported terrorists.

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